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Bert Sugar- Boxing Historian

“Pavlik is going to win by decision. He is not going to knock Bernard out. I don’t think Bernard fights like he once did. His best punch is a right jab followed by a right hit. Pavlik won’t pull the trigger. Remember, Bernard hasn’t been knocked out and has only been knocked down once. If Bernard won I wouldn’t be shocked but I would be surprised.”

Chris Mannix- Sports Illustrated

“While continuing to face elite competition, Hopkins has recently looked like a man trying to avoid a knockout loss than one seeking a significant victory. No question Pavlik will be looking for the early KO but his solid, 12-round decision over Jermain Taylor earlier this year proved to me that the power puncher can win when fights go the distance. Take Pavlik in a unanimous decision.”

Kevin Iole-

“Pavlik by decision, Hopkins has been fighting to survive in his past couple of fights. In this fight Pavlik is younger and stronger, and he will out work Hopkins to get the win.”

Dan Rafael-

“Bernard is a great fighter, but Pavlik's youth and activity level are going to be hard for him to overcome. It will be a tough fight, but Pavlik on a competitive decision.”

Gordon Marino- Wall Street Journal

”Pavlik in a decision over Bernard Hopkins. The ghost should be too busy and keep too much pressure on the great, but 43 year old Hopkins. Hopkins can be an octopus and Pavlik has to watch that Bernard does not tie him up or catch him with a sneaky right.”

John Falgoust- USA Today

“Pavlik by decision. Hopkins will exploit Pavlik's heavy feet by turning him and walking him into counters. Hopkins will find it difficult staying on the inside with a guy like Pavlik who throws such good short punches, especially uppercuts. Still, Hopkins is more versatile, and even though he may do enough to earn the decision, today's judges usually give the close rounds to the fighter who is more active regardless of accuracy or effectiveness of the punches.”

Tim Smith- New York Daily News

“I like Kelly Pavlik against Bernard Hopkins because I think Kelly is younger. I can't see him knocking out Bernard. But I can see him outworking Hopkins for a decision.”

Franklin McNeil- Newark Star Ledger

“Middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik is moving up in weight to former light heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins. But when they stand side-by-side, Pavlik appears to be the bigger man. He is younger and stronger than the 43-year-old Hopkins, who is beginning to show signs of slowing down as the results of his five most recent fights indicate – he is 2-3 during that span. Pavlik is a busy fighter and Hopkins doesn’t compete more than a minute per round. This is a dangerous fight for Hopkins. Pavlik, 26, wins by unanimous decision.”

Keith Idec- Herald News

“Pavlik by unanimous decision. The crafty, forceful Hopkins will, as usual, make this his kind of fight, ugly but close. At 43, he won't be active enough to make it all that entertaining. But he is still smart enough and skilled enough to make it very competitive.”

Bobby Cassidy- Newsday

“Bernard says he's not afraid of a ghost but he should be afraid of this one. I think Pavlik scores a fairly comfortable decision. I would have loved this fight with both men in their primes. But right now, Pavlik's youth, energy and strength will carry the day. Bernard is crafty will survive the 12 rounds but he'll absorb a lot of punches.”

Lyle Fitzsimmons- Pensacola News Journal

“Pavlik KO 9--Hopkins has thrived for years against guys he could trick into playing cagey games in the ring. Pavlik is too rough and tumble to go for that sort of sublime bait, and too strong for Bernard to evade all night. I think the end of a legend.”

Michael David Smith - (AOL Sports)

“Hopkins has had a long and distinguished career, but at age 43 he's not quick enough to do damage to a skilled fighter who's just entering his prime like Pavlik. Pavlik will win a decision.”

Big Slim Sweet
Strong topic bro. Relevant and timely. On point son. Here here old chap. Top o the morning to ya. Hellz to the muthafuckin yeah homeboy.

Most people don't know shit about boxing. Uncle Roger said that, right?

Damn. Nice find.
Honestly I'm a bit suprised. Ide like to see a list compiled with ppl FOR BHop.. let's here it Meth.... LOL
QUOTE (JONdaCON817 @ Sep 17 2011, 01:36 AM) *
Honestly I'm a bit suprised. Ide like to see a list compiled with ppl FOR BHop.. let's here it Meth.... LOL

I didn't selectively choose. That was the list of predictions compiled before the fight.

Why are you surprised? Don't you know that most people don't know shit about boxing?
I don't remember a lot of people on the board picking him over Bhop. I respect a lot of the OG members from here more than half the people on that list.
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QUOTE (KookedKrack @ Sep 17 2011, 05:49 PM) *
I don't remember a lot of people on the board picking him over Bhop. I respect a lot of the OG members from here more than half the people on that list.

You're right KK. Most of us had either Hops by close-ish UD or dominant UD (like Meth and Fitz, haha.) Few were confident about Pavlik.
Bernard whooped him once, if he boxes smart am sure he can do it again
Notice how most of them refer to age. Hopkins is living proof that age can work differently for athletes.
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